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National Umbrella Month

Updated on January 18, 2015
MOMA Museum of Modern Art Sky Umbrella
MOMA Museum of Modern Art Sky Umbrella | Source

March Is National Umbrella Month

March is National Umbrella Month. In my part of the world, you could not pick a better month to celebrate this very important invention. We are not the rainiest part of Canada but we will receive plenty of rain in the springtime, which is not a bad thing for rain showers bring spring flowers.

Umbrellas have a number of job duties that are not limited to protecting us from the rain though that is what they are most commonly associated with. People also use umbrellas as fashion accessories, for photography and to block out the strong rays of the sun.

National Umbrella Month is the time to celebrate one of the most useful, yet underrated inventions so why not come for a walk in the rain with us as we explore the world of the humble but mighty UMBRELLA.

Celebrate National Umbrella Month with this MoMA sky umbrella from Amazon.

Did YOU Know There Was Such A National Umbrella Month? - Or were you totally unaware?

Did YOU Know There Was A National Umbrella Month?

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Parts Of An Umbrella Infographic For Those Who Are Curious

Parts of an Umbrella
Parts of an Umbrella | Source

Definition of An Umbrella

An umbrella can be loosely defined as a canopy to help shield one against rain. They're a tool that is generally designed to be hand held and often are very fashionable. The word itself is derived from the Latin word umbra which comes from an ancient Greek word, ombros which means shade or shadow. Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, used often in Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. Other terms include bumbershoot and 'bella as coined by Rihanna.

History of the Umbrella

The basic umbrella was invented over four thousand years ago as a device for protection against the sun. It was the Chinese who waterproofed them for rain protection but it wasn't until the 1900s that the umbrellas which we are familiar with today were invented.

Learn more about the history of the umbrella on my page about Totes umbrellas by clicking right here.

Striking Blue Sky Umbrella

Sky Umbrella
Sky Umbrella

We've illustrated this page with the striking Sky or Cloud umbrella by MoMa, which is available in a number of sizes and styles including one with the clouds on the inside and one with the clouds on the outside.

Celebrate National Umbrella Month with this MoMA sky umbrella from Amazon.

Ways To Celebrate National Umbrella Month - Can you think of other ways to celebrate?

  • You can celebrate umbrella month by buying a new umbrella. Buy one that will be sure to make you smile on a rainy day!
  • Celebrate by donating a new umbrella to a homeless shelter. It will help shelter someone from the rain.
  • Celebrate umbrella month by promoting your business with one. Instead of using pens this year to promote your business, use umbrellas with your company business information and logo on them. You'll really stand out in a crowd!
  • Celebrate by hanging a decorative umbrella on your patio or by adding one to your patio table. Pick a colour or a pattern that you really love!
  • Celebrate umbrella month by donating all your used ones to goodwill. If you are not using them, you can bet that someone else can.
  • Celebrate by donating 10 new umbrellas to the Red Cross. You will help brighten someone's rainy days.
  • Celebrate umbrella month by reading an umbrella-themed storybook. Yes, there are beautiful children's books devoted to the umbrella.

Famous Umbrellas

  • Gene Kelly carries a black umbrella in the famous song, Singin’ in the Rain.
  • Mary Poppins also carries an umbrella.
  • Catherine Deneuve stars as a young girl in an umbrella shop in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
  • Rihanna made famous a song called Umbrella.

Have you counted lately?

How many umbrellas do you own?

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Will YOU be using YOUR umbrella during National Umbrella Month?

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I'm sure I'll be using my umbrella a lot in March. But that's okay, i LOVE walking in the rain.

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      I love beautiful umbrellas and that butterfly one is perfectly lovely!!

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      That butterfly umbrella is impressive!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I need to buy an umbrella so I can answer your poll! Love the "beautiful sky" umbrella. What a great way to chase away the rain!

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      I live in rain country so it's a good bet that I'll be using my umbrella during National Umbrella Month.

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      Sami4u LM 7 years ago

      Hi,So I learned something new today :) So the top/bottom is called the Ferrule. Cool.

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      Cool lens! It was interesting to see how many umbrellas people owned!